Green Heron – Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, FL
Green Herons are odd acting birds. Just by the way they sit all hunched over, they remind me of grouchy old men waiting around for something to gripe about. Usually, they stare at the water for long periods of time waiting for a fish to swim by so they can spear it with their ample sized razor sharp bill. When they are not hungry they probably just shout out old man things to the young minnows like “Slow down! This isn’t Talladega!”, “ I remember when you minnows only cost a nickel!” or “Get off my lawn you young whippersnappers!”. All joking aside they have been known to drop insects, stones, feathers, etc. into the water to attract fish. This example of tool usage shows great intelligence among birds and green herons are considered to be one of the smartest.
On a side note, I know we have a lot of viewers from around the world, so I pose this question. What are some of the cliché things old men say in your country? If you already happen to be an old man please just say whatever comes naturally…
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